Summary: Great little camera. The best thing is the lens. 24 wide to over 700 mm tele in one lens, wow . . . the picture quality stays consistent though out the zoom setting. Does a decent job for the $$$.
Excerpt: - This was the best super-zoom camera for me until the arrival of HS20EXR. - Everything is perfect except for a slow-response but that is tolerable. - With proper handling and knowledge, you can't go wrong with HS10. - I can do difficult BIF, sports, low-light, macro. Name it, HS10 can do it. - For whiners, know your camera first before complaining. - It maybe slow in shot-to-shot delay and write times but that is tolerable.
Pros: The HS10 has a host of usable features that frankly forced me to learn the camera, learn things that as a journalist for motorcycle papers I had not bothered to since I am primarily a writer. The more I learn the better the pics. Shot motocross today
Cons: Shutter lag compared to my film SLR, a lot of things to learn to master the image and light. SR Auto handles most when you're unsure. Write speed is a limitation. This is my first digital rig so I can only compare to SLR that is pop n go fast.
Summary: I should provide a little background for my review, I made the jump to digital back around 2001 with a 750k pixel Polaroid. I have had about 8 various point and shoot and super zoom cameras since not including my most recent Sony H5 a 7.2 mp with a 12x Zeiss zoom I have never had a DSLR so I can't make any comparison there.
Summary: My last Camera was a Canon A720. You may not believe but A720 does better focusing than this. And the focus ring is too close to the camera body. The eye sensor does a really good job when you put your eyes on that little viewfinder. The flash is not Auto even you set that Auto,until you unlock the flash.
Summary: This camera does what it states it does. I bought it because my last 3 cameras died from pumice scratching the lens and pumice getting in the zoom mechanism. This camera has a filter thread if the filter gets scratched you can buy a new one for around $12 walmart should sell one. The camera has manual controls any dirt in the zoom mechanism can be worked out manually.